Many years ago, I had the privilege of meeting an incredible couple that God used to lead a powerful revival in South America. Around two hundred thousand young people in one city had given up everything to follow Christ.
We chatted as the pair shared their hearts. Their love and dedication made a lasting impact on me. They saw the call of God on my life and my hunger to be used by the Lord so they prayed for me before they returned to their country.
They left me with one piece of advice: if you want to be used by God, guard your heart. I have never forgotten those words. Proverbs 4:23 reads,“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” (Amplified)
God says that above every possession or talent, and above every relationship or responsibility, we must guard our hearts. We must keep an eagle eye on the state of our souls.
More than you watch over your home, your family, your career and even your own body, God is asking you and I to take care of our hearts. The New Living Translation expresses the verse like this: “Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23
Your heart determines your destiny. The state of your soul establishes what your future will look like. It is not your education or your upbringing that decides your future. It’s your heart that sets your course.
An opportunity waiting to happen
God is GREAT and we are made in His image. This world needs great leaders, great fathers, great mothers, great scientists, great teachers, great businesspeople and great ministers. This world needs great people who can be salt and light.
In the movies, producers recruit ‘extras’. They help make a scene look real, they add depth to a frame which means that the real stars can shine. When God made mankind, He did not create any of us to be extras. We are all supposed to shine.
Each and every one of us is significant. The Lord wants to raise you up and release you into your full potential. He wants you to be great. However, your heart will determine where you actually end up.
When we have unresolved issues or hidden hurts that hinder us, we limit ourselves and delay true fulfilment. While our hearts are hampered by insecurities or worries about what people think, we hold ourselves back.
The truth is that nearly every single one of us has issues we need to deal with for us to become our best. I invite you to allow the Lord to work deep in your heart. Get hold of my new book, My Whole Heart. It is already transforming lives. And come along (and keep coming) to Healed for Life. God will set you up for lasting success.